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Armchair Aerobics is one of a number of activities that the residents of Abbeyfield House enjoy.  Other activities include Knit and Natter, weekly coffee mornings, a varied programme of presentations and trips out.

Tina Blackwill runs the very popular Armchair Aerobics which is set to music with glitter pom poms and we were delighted to invite the Mayor and Mayoress to one of our sessions.


John Osman, The Mayor said "Tina took us through the routines along with our pom poms and a thoroughly good time was had by all.  I will certainly be returning again for another session".


Mayor drops in for lunch

Thank you to the residents of Abbeyfield who invited me to lunch today! A wonderful assisted living home with a beautiful garden. It has great staff and the best companions. Spaces are available for those looking for a little extra support.  John Osman Mayor of Wells.


The old songs are the best at Abbeyfield House

It was an afternoon of theatre and cinema with no venturing out on a chilly June day.

The audience were taken on a musical journey through the history of Broadway and Hollywood at Abbeyfield House in New Street, Wells, which provides comfortable and homely accommodation for older people.

The entertainment was provided by husband and wife Stephen and Sandra Cole from Glastonbury who perform as the His and Hers Theatre Company.

They sang and played songs ranging from Oliver! and Phantom of the Opera to Disney and James Bond films.

With every different song they had different props – mainly hats that were then places on the heads of the audience.

“We were delighted that everyone joined in the fun,” said Stephen at the end of the show.


Jackie Crockwell takes the wheel of her father’s pride and joy watched by Abbeyfield residents

Memories flowed and smiles spread at Abbeyfield in Wells.


The occasion was one of the new reminiscence sessions at this supported housing in New Street.


They are organised by Jackie Crockwell, one of the staff, who said: “They give residents an extra opportunity to engage in enjoyable and positive conversation.”


The subject was cars and Heather told how their first car was a 1932 Talbot: “You had to start the engine with a handle and my husband broke his wrist trying to do it.


“Next we had an Austin 7 which leaked. I had to collect the rain in a potty.”


Claire and her husband’s first car was a little Ford Anglia in the 1950s. Then they moved to Canada where she learnt to drive “on the wrong side of the road” in big American saloons.


Jackie had her father bring his beautifully restored 1964 Morris Traveller which was much admired. It was a wreck when he bought it.


Two previous subjects for the reminiscence sessions were memories of the Second World War and residents’ favourite songs.


Abbeyfield House provides comfortable and homely accommodation where residents can enjoy independence and friendship in a happy and secure environment.


Live-in housekeepers cook two meals each day and provide non-intrusive support.


Philip Welch

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